The Vesterålen islands are an archipelago of islands located in northern Norway, north of the Lofoten islands. The main islands of this island group are Langøya, Hinnøya, Andøya and Hadseløya. In total the islands have an area of 2511 km² and a population of over 30000 inhabitants. The scenery, although not as impressive as that of the Lofoten islands, is nevertheless very nice and consists of mountains, white sand beaches and bays.
To the north, the island of Andøya extends for 57km from northeast to southwest. At the northern tip the city of Andenes has ferry connections to the Senja island. Along the northwestern coast there are several white sand beaches, for instance the Bleik and Stave ones.
Hinnøya is the largest of the Vesterålen islands and is sandwiched between the mainland and the other islands. The village of Nyksund on Langøya island was abandoned in the 1970 and is now inhabited by a community of artists.
Overall the Vesterålen islands are less touristy than the nearby Lofoten islands.
How to get to the Vesterålen islands
There are some airports on and near the islands. In addition, the Vesterålen islands can be reached by car or ferry.
There is a number of accomodation options, all bookable via the international booking portals.